Oscar De La Hoya Provides an Update on His Progress – ‘Already Feel Beast Mode’

Published 04/10/2021, 3:29 AM EDT
Oscar De La Hoya weighs in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for their upcoming fight on May 5, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two will meet for Mayorga’s WBC Junior Middleweight Championship tomorrow night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/WireImage)


Oscar De La Hoya was one of the greatest boxers of his time. The ‘Golden Boy’ fought at 11 different weight classes and won six world titles. And over a dozen years after his retirement, the former world champion will make his comeback to the sport.

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De La Hoya announced he would make a comeback on July 3. Although he doesn’t have an opponent yet, the former world champion turned promoter has given fans an update on his progress. He even confirmed the weight he would fight at.

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 13: Oscar De La Hoya speaking to the media during the CANELO VS. ROCKY Final Press Conference at Madison Square Garden Dcember 13, 2018 in New York City . (Photo by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)

The 39-6 boxer took to his Instagram account and revealed progress. The video showed him shadow boxing in the ring, where he gave glimpses of his old movement and speed with his quick feet and snappy jab.

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De La Hoya captioned the post with, “Sh**s getting real, 3 months to go and already feel beast mode. Next 30 days I will focus on speed and shreading down to 158lbs then I start sparring light for timing on punches and then last 3 weeks I prepare for the war!!!! Let’s go!!!! I will prove to the world that age is just a fu**en number.”

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What does this mean for the return of Oscar De La Hoya?

These comments from ‘The Golden Boy’ showed the seriousness of his preparations. After drawing a lot of backlash for his announcement, De La Hoya seems to have taken it personally and wants to prove a point.

In addition, it also revealed the timeline for his camp. Despite the fight being three months away, De La Hoya has a clear schedule to reach his optimum shape. However, he confirmed that he is not yet sparring. This showed that the former champion is taking it slow.

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De La Hoya also revealed he would cut down to 158 lbs. This means the former multi-weight world champion would fight in the middleweight division. Moreover, it also narrows down the potential list of opponents.

Only time will tell how seriously Oscar De La Hoya has taken his preparations. However, if his post is anything to go by, he hasn’t lost his speed and movement even after all these years.

What did you make of this video from ‘The Golden Boy’? Do you think he will make a successful comeback to the sport?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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